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The Midrash teaches that each of the Four Species on Sukkos represents one kind of Jew and concludes: “On Sukkos, all four Jews must join together, for each one completes the others.”

Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind

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Four of a Kind

The Midrash teaches that each of the Four Species on Sukkos represents one kind of Jew and concludes: “On Sukkos, all four Jews must join together, for each one completes the others.”
Lubavitcher Rebbe, Etrog, Four Kinds, Humility
Four of a Kind
Disc 93, Program 371

Event Date: 18 Tishrei 5741 - September 28, 1980

The Midrash teaches that each of the Four Species on Sukkos represents one kind of Jew: The Esrog, with both good taste and fragrance, represents the Jew who excels in both Torah and Mitzvos. The Lulav, the palm branch, whose fruit has good taste but no smell, represents the Jew who excels only in Torah study. The Hadas, myrtle, has fragrance, but no taste. It represents the Jew who excels only at Mitzvos. And the Aravah, the willow, without taste or smell, represents the Jew who excels neither at Torah nor at Mitzvos. The Midrash concludes: “On Sukkos, all four Jews must join together, for each one completes the others.”

The Esrog, seemingly the greatest of them all, holds the secret to this unity, for the word “Esrog” forms an acronym of the verse: “Let not the foot of arrogance overtake me.”

Arrogance certainly does not belong in one’s head. The point here is that arrogance doesn’t even belong in one’s feet. So when the “Esrog” – the one who excels in both Torah and Mitvos, lives up to his name, he guarantees no trace of arrogance even down to his foot. It is this humility that makes him – the Esrog – “beautiful,” with a beauty that extends to the other three Species as well, and makes them one.

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Anonymous New York October 21, 2016

Four of a Kind Baruch Hashem! Thank you Hashem for allowing me the mitvah of entering a Sukkah and partaking of the shaking of the lulav and holding the etrog. May Masiach arrive immediately.And also thank you Hashem for allowing me to be alive and partake of this mitzvah during this season. Thank you Rebbe Schnerson for your wonderful video. Your presence is still alive with the other tzadiks including my father Joel Marcus. Reply

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